There’s been a fun game going around on social media recently that involves picking which house you would stay in during quarantine based on the people and things within it: we at the Mississippi Census want to know which region of our state YOU’D want to stay in during quarantine? Come explore your options, and learn about Mississippi’s historical contributions to music, sports, food, and more!
- You may not even have known that The Princess of Pop herself was born in McComb, Mississippi! Spearheading the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s and early 2000s, numerous of Spears’ songs are considered staples of the genre.
Fall Natchez Pilgrimage Tour
- The go-to way to explore Natchez is through a Natchez Pilgrimage Tour! They offer a variety of tours throughout the spring, fall, and year-round of historic homes, interactive historical presentations, concerts, festivals, and more!
- Mississippi’s scenic Natchez Trace – stretching from Natchez, Mississippi all the way up to Nashville, Tennessee – covers roughly 440 miles and 10,000 years of history! Used by Native Americans and early European and American explorers for centuries, the Natchez Trace is truly ingrained in Mississippi history.
- Catfish have been swimming through Mississippi rivers for generations. In fact, Belzoni, Mississippi is known as the “Catfish Capital of the World,” it even holds its own World Catfish Festival every April!
- Bo Diddley – singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer – played a key role in blues’ transition into rock & roll, himself being an influence on such groundbreaking artists as Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, the Clash, and more.
- There’s no way you haven’t heard of him: The King of Rock & Roll is one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th Century. From humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi to skyrocketing himself into one of the most honored musicians of all time, Presley’s signature sound would be nothing without its soulful, southern roots.
- One of the most iconic showdowns in the SEC, the Egg Bowl rivalry football game between Ole Miss and Mississippi State University has taken place every year since 1901: it’s the 10th longest uninterrupted series in the United States.
Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
- The Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1940 to serve as a refuge and breeding ground for a variety of migratory birds and other Mississippi wildlife. It conserves, manages, and restores resources of fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats for the benefit of present and future generations.
- What would Mississippi be without soul food? Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, fried okra, hushpuppies, collard greens, corn bread: our mouths are watering just thinking about it!
- One of America’s most acclaimed writers, William Faulkner’s Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning Southern gothic novels were frequently set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County: itself inspired by Faulkner’s home of Oxford, MS!
- From a harsh life in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to becoming one of the most recognized individuals across the globe: Oprah Winfrey has been dubbed the “Queen of All Media,” appeared in everything from TV to film, and was North America’s first African American multi-billionaire.
Neshoba County Fair
- Known as “Mississippi’s Giant House Party,” the Neshoba County Fair is the nation’s largest campground fair held every July in Philadelphia, Mississippi is a veritable mix of agricultural, political, and social entertainment.
Mississippi State Capitol Building
- Located in the heart of the state’s capitol in Jackson, Mississippi, the Mississippi State Capitol Building has served as the seat of the state’s government since succeeding the original state capitol in 1903.
- Perfect for chicken, shrimp, salads, and more: comeback sauce is the ultimate multi-purpose sauce that Mississippians made and love. Supposedly, it was first made at The Rotisserie, a Greek restaurant in the state’s capitol of Jackson!
- One of the most successful country music artists of all time, with over 40 million albums sold to her name, Faith Hill from Ridgeland, Mississippi helped keep country music kicking during the 90s and 2000s and was rewarded with 5 Grammy Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, 6 American Music Awards, and several others.
- “The King of the Blues” himself was born in Berclair, Mississippi, with his iconic style serving as one of the defining sounds of blues from the Mississippi Delta.
Delta Blues & Heritage Festival
- The Delta Blues & Heritage Festival in Greenville, Mississippi is the oldest continuously operating blues festival not just in the United States, but in the entire world. It’s a historic Who’s Who of blues performers from all across the country.
Vicksburg National Military Park
- The preservation site of the historic Battle of Vicksburg of the American Civil War. Vicksburg, Mississippi was the last major Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River at the time, and the park commemorates those who fought and died there.
- While tamales are historically a traditionally South American meal, they have their own historical tradition in the Delta being made from cornmeal and local spices! They’re even the subject of Robert Johnson’s well-known 1937 blues song “They’re Red Hot.”
- With a deep and smooth cadence distinctive only to himself, Morgan Freeman is one of the most distinctive voices in all of Hollywood. Acting in a variety of roles – from Driving Miss Daisy to The Shawshank Redemption – and lending his voice to dozens of other productions, Morgan Freeman is one of Mississippi’s most iconic actors.
- Few musicians personify the spirit and attitude of the Coast quite like Jimmy Buffett. The popular artist has dozens of hits to his name – from “Margaritaville” to “Cheeseburger in Paradise” – not to mention a legion of devoted fans known as “Parrotheads.”
Cruisin’ the Coast
- Known as “America’s Largest Block Party,” Cruisin’ the Coast is a multi-day festival where car aficionados from around the country drive down to the Coast to show off their beauties and enjoy food, drinks, music, and more from local artists and vendors.
- Not only does Ship Island house some of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s finest beaches, but it’s also home to the historic Fort Massachusetts, a highly preserved fort built following the War of 1812.
Barq’s Root Beer
- Did you know that Barq’s Root Beer began in Biloxi, Mississippi? It was created by Edward C. Barq in 1898 and it was produced on the Coast until 1995 when it was acquired by the Coca-Cola Company.
- Good Morning America’s own Robin Roberts grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi – we’re proud to have her kindness and Southern hospitality shining through our TVs every morning.
- Brett Favre – one of the most recognized and successful quarterbacks in NFL history – hails from none other than Gulfport, Mississippi and played for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. At the time of his retirement, Favre was the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and quarterback wins, along with holding numerous other NFL records.
MS Pecan Festival
- The Mississippi Pecan Festival nestled in a shady pecan orchard outside of Richton, Mississippi is the South’s fastest growing family festival with a variety of foods, booths, and music for the whole family!
Pete Taylor Park
- Home to the beloved Southern Miss Golden Eagles baseball team in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Pete Taylor Park hosts thousands of ecstatic fans during the spring season.
- One of Mississippi’s specialty seafoods, our delicious crawfish are enjoyed by residents across the state: from Tishomingo to Bay St. Louis.
- Perhaps the most well-known trail in the Hattiesburg area, the Longleaf Trace is a 41-mile slice of perfection for joggers, bikers, rollerbladers, golf cart drivers, and even horseback riders throughout the area.
While in quarantine, we want to take this time to advise you to fill out your Mississippi Census. It’s also important for you to communicate your friends and neighbors to do the same. The amount of federal funding Mississippi stands to gain for state improvement is large, but only if we secure the participation of as many Mississippians as possible through filling out the 2020 Mississippi Census. We’re all in this together, and to avoid an inaccurate census count, we need your help! Mississippi is counting on you!